The Oyster Recovery Partnership is extending the Remote Setting Program into the 2014 and 2015 seasons

Hatchery-produced spat on shell.

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Producing Oysters through Remote Setting

The premise behind the use of a remote setting system is to enable any interested lease-holding individual to cost effectively produce their own oysters without the complexity of a big hatchery. All that is necessary for success is some manpower and know-how, both of which are abundant in the watermen community. The growers are provided training, larvae, and free access to equipment.

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Remote Setting System History

 Over the last three years we have trained more than 20 individual growers in hatchery and/or remote setting operations. Collectively these watermen have produced and planted 224 million spat-on-shell in their respective leases around Maryland. Some motivated individuals have been repeat participants, producing and planting millions of oysters on their leases each year. They are using this program in conjunction with grants/loans that they received through MARBIDCO and NCRS loans to purchase shell for the remote setting and lease bottom hardening. Now trained, these watermen are educated, experienced and capable of creating their own setting systems and are ready to create their own aquaculture businesses.

Oyster larvae is poured into a remote setting tank by Horn Point scientist Steven Weschler

A remote setting system enables leaseholders to cost effectively produce their own oysters without the complexity of a big hatchery. The main requirements for success are manpower and know-how, both of which are abundant in the watermen community. Growers are provided with the training, larvae and equipment to allow them to produce high quality seed oysters to plant on their grounds. Our goal is to train lease-holding watermen in efficient production of spat-on-shell using hatchery-reared oyster larvae.  It is a cost effective way to produce seed for leases.  Oyster larvae are placed in tanks with cultch and allowed to set by attaching prior to planting.

Leaseholders can sign up to use these remote setting systems at no charge to produce spat-on-shell for their lease. We provide use of tanks with all supporting equipment at six locations across Maryland, from DealIsland on the LowerEasterShore to Piney Point on the WesternShore.  Hands-on, technical support is provided to all participants, including introductory setting training to post-setting evaluations to determine how many were produced.  UMCES Horn Point Oyster Lab Hatchery oyster larvae is provided to participants free of charge for their first set.  To participate, leaseholders must acquire or purchase their own shell and provide the labor to produce and plant their spat.

Purchase Oyster Larvae, Seed, and Shell

The Oyster Recovery Partnership is working with the UMCES Horn Point Oyster Lab Hatchery and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources to produce and offer high quality, hatchery-produced, oyster larvae, seed, and shell (shell for aquaculture remote setting program only).

To better serve Maryland’s watermen and shellfish growers, this program offers a variety of C. virginica larvae, seed and spat on shell in various sizes, including disease resistant (DR) stocks (with 60 days advance order) and limited quantities of triploids.

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For more about the Remote Setting Program, please contact Jillian Parisi at, 410-221-8328, or 410-972-9161.

Broodstock is used by the Horn Point Oyster Hatchery to spawn and produce oyster larvae.